Despite the national prohibition in the ’20s and ’30s, Kansas City thrived when it came to alcohol. Being deemed at one point, “Paris of the Plains,” Kansas City has always prided itself on having some of the best breweries and distilleries in the Midwest. A tradition that still lives on today with new craft producers throughout the entire area a couple even being recognized nationally as some of the best. With 10+ breweries just in Kansas City alone, once known for only barbecue and jazz, Kansas City has remodeled itself as one of the fastest-growing craft beer cities in the country.
The Kansas City bar scene is unique in the way it splits up into fundamentally different “districts.” While there are many breweries to try, there are three different central districts that are the most popular: The Crossroads Art District, The Downtown Core, and North Kansas City. Furthermore, each area with a different feel and experience, but all having one factor in stock, all have excellent craft beer along with a handful of breweries in the Downtown Core and surrounding neighborhoods.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard BrewingCo has grown into the largest specialty craft beer brewer in the Midwest. Beers throughout 40 states coast-to-coast, Boulevard has become nationally recognized, winning several awards for their famous drink, Tank 7. Now opened “Rec Deck,” enjoy shuffle ball along with other popular drinking games at the top of the Tours and Rec Center. Also, they are specializing in authentic, German-style lagers and ales.
KC Bier Co. is one of the most popular breweries in the region. Also, bring your family and friends and enjoy their highly touted beer garden-the the only one of its kind in the area. Located in one of Kansas City’s most charming neighborhoods, BKS Artisan Ales has quickly become a trendy brewer fast-growing Kansas City. BKS Artisan Ale’s sunlight tasting room is known for its wide range of types of beers, from Belgian-inspired ales to English-style stouts. Kansas City has a deep tradition of being recognized as passionate soccer fans. Furthermore, Strange Days Brewing Co. is known to be base for many as their go-to bar for the big match. Located in the trendy River Market area, Strange Days Brewing Co. has everything you need to support your team the right way.
Green Room Burgers and Beer brings you a local, handcrafted beer, the right way. Green Room Brewing Co. prides themselves on only using the freshest ingredients, the result being one of Kansas City’s most beloved breweries where you can also enjoy top-flight food to go along with your ale!
Tours: The Brewery tour includes a 45 min walking tour of the brewery that concludes with samples in the tasting room. Tickets are $5.00 each, offered on a first-come, first-served basis and must be purchased in person. Must have Valid ID present. Other tours available, visit boulevard.com for more details.
Bar with Food: Check out Boulevard’s Beer Hall. Boulevard’s Beer Hall is an excellent place for friends, family, and associates to come together and explore our wide variety of fresh, delicious beers. Also, thirty tap handles feature an assortment of year-round, annual, and limited offerings, including test beers available only at the Beer Hall. Enjoy modest samples, a flight, full pours – or snag some of our most unique and exotic beers to go!
Beer to try: It’s just about impossible to find a bad brew with Boulevard, but by far, their most nationally recognized American Saison Ale is Tank 7. Tank 7 begins with a surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit and ends with a beautiful hoppy but favorable finish.
#2 – Kansas City Bier Company
Tours: Bierhalle and Biergarten Monday-Wednesday Closed. Thursday-Friday 3:00pm-9:00pm. Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm
Bar with food: Yes, Bierhalle has a full restaurant.
Beer to try: If you are feeling a nice malty German Vienna Lager, KC Bier Co.’s Festbier is a must-try. A golden bier with unique attributes, you won’t regret trying this one.
#3 – BKS Artisan Ales
Tours: There are no tours.
Bar with Food: No bar or Restaurant.
Beer to try: Known for their Belgian Saison, The Biere de Ferme is a trendy pick. Furthermore, a farmhouse style is featuring a rustic blend of malts, with a seamless blend of white wine and tart lemon.
#4 – Strange Days Brewing Co.
Tours: No Tours.
Bar with food: Full restaurant menu.
Beer to try: A trendy pick for a Sunday match is their very own Test of Time. With an herbal and funky taste but yet with a refreshing after feeling, it’s no wonder it sells so fast.
#5 – Green Room Burgers and Beer
Tours: No Tours.
Bar with food: Full restaurant menu
Beer to try: A sister company of Boulevard, Green Room Burgers and Beer’s most exceptional attribute is their seasonal brews. Always having the most excellent seasonal ales and lagers, with the broadest range of choices, ask your bartender today what’s best!
Porters are all dark in color, and they feature flavors reminiscent of chocolate. Furthermore, they have rich flavors like Coffee and caramel. They also boost malty sweetness. Popular stouts include American Imperial Porter, English Brown Porter, and Robust Porter.
Stouts are dark beers that are similar to porters, but with more robust roasted flavors. Also, this style usually features mid to high alcohol levels. Popular stouts include Milk stout, Irish Dry Stout, and American Imperial Stout.
Pale lager and pilsner
Pale Lagers and Pilsners are golden- the colored beer that is light in flavor but lower in alcohol content. Also, lager today is a popular drink, not only in the United States, but what is now the modern Czech Republic and Germany.
Pale ales are generally hoppy but lower in alcohol content than IPA’s. Whereas the IPA (short for India pale ales), is known for its strong hop bitterness with beers that generally have high alcohol content. Furthermore, popular IPA’s include the American IPA, Imperial or Double IPA, and the English IPA.
Wheat beers use wheat in their malt. Also, they are generally lighter in color and alcohol content. Deemed as more of a “summer beer,” Their tangy flavors go great with fruit. Popular wheat beers include American Pale Wheat, and Belgian Witbier, also known as Blue Moon Belgian White.